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God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America Paperback – September 8, 2008
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*How several overly-religious, over-achieving youngsters cope with a new and unique overly-religious, over-achieving college.
*How these students decide where to draw the line when it comes to participation in today's seductive secular culture - with the help of prayer, a personal relationship with Jesus, and Patrick Henry College's conduct manual and "snitch" policy.
*How an attorney, who made a career out of representing the interests of home-schooling parents, opened an evangelical college designed to put high achieving home-schoolers on a career path leading to politics. Student volunteers are given time off to assist the Republicans during each election cycle. A huge number of them get positions assisting Republican Congressmen and Senators in Washington DC during their off time.
*How these kids have been taught since birth that God is on the side of the Republican Party.
Patrick Henry College must tweak a continuous balancing act to maintain their offense and defense against secularism. Founder and President Michael Farris would like PHC to be part of the movement that would return the United States to be the God-fearing society it believes the founding fathers intended. This means an education that enhances a working knowledge of and working relationship with the enemy. That knowledge, at times, enhances the inadvertent defection of some of their brightest stars to the dark side.
Robert Stacey, PhD, consistently was a role model and favored teacher at Patrick Henry.Read more ›
Not to say that she doesn't throw in her own agenda. For instance, she makes it perfectly clear that abstinence programs are generally statistical failures. She finds it baffling (as do I!) that fundamentalist Christians are so on guard about any sexual images in movies but seem to whole-heartedly embrace violence and gore. She is suspect of the conversion process; when describing a little girl who has "just accepted Christ" during a church Awana meeting (Awana is like scouts for consevative Christians) she states that after her leader welcomes her to God's family, the girl's "expression stayed blank and she seemed a little off balance. At one point she looked down at her pink T-shirt, which read GIRLS RULE! in bubbly script."
Rosin observes these students like an anthropologist, and indeed the culture described makes for riveting reading material. What makes it even more interesting is that these students, who have lived in self-enclosed Christian bubbles for most of their lives, are themselves acting as anthropoligists, studying "heathen" culture while trying not to become too immersed in it.Read more ›
Patrick Henry College is a very small institution, but also newly founded under the clear authority of its president Michael Farris, a Christian homeschool advocate and clear supporter of the link between political conservativism and orthodox evangelical Christianity. The story she tells shows us remarkable resilience and fortitude of the students of this institution Farris can coined "God's Harvard". Indeed it's students will be among the elite of all secondary school graduates much less the creme of the crop among homeschooled teens. The student body which boasts a rather generous helping of homeschooled undergraduates alone supports any assertion that homseschooled teens can compete with the best and brightest of all high school graduates.
Rosin tells tales of highly competitive students who are in the throes of political training at Patrick Henry. these students have unprecedented access to Washington with a clear sense of mission and pride about their task to reform American government to be something in which God can exercise domain and rule. That God is not currently doing so is at the very heart of the curriculum. In any college, one would be thrilled to have such a critical mass of bright and passionate students and this is part of the picture that Rosin paints for us.
There is, of course, another side to the story. This side is the authoritarian nature of the administration with a special emphases on Michael Farris and Dean of Students Bob Wilson.Read more ›
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On the death of children's author, Jan Berenstain, Hanna Rosin wrote in Slate magazine, “The world today brings news that Jan Berenstain, co-author with her husband Stan, of the 45... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Book Fan
Boring and poorly written. Too many words and too much jumping back and forth, a device that I really dislike.
I expected more. Read more
I was fascinated by the depth of the faith these young people had and their determination to believe in all they had been taught without regards to the reality of politics and the... Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Adele RIEPE
When the book focuses on the college, its students/faculty, and their families, allowing them to tell their own stories, it is very engaging. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Stango Tigerfists
Rosin's recent book THE END OF MEN (2012) prompted me to order this book through Amazon. God's Harvard (2007) is a fast read, informative, and well-written. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by James H. Nelson
Hanna Rosin wrote an informative book about the inner workings of Patrick Henry College. This educational institution was founded by a man named Michael Farris. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Battleship
Interesting, thorough work on Patrick Henry College and its students; would have benefited from some longer-term follow-up with older students, to see how their views have... Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by bottomofthe9th
My congratulations to Ms. Rosin for an important and engrossing book about Patrick Henry College, and more generally, a snapshot of evangelicalism in America. Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by Edward P. Mahaney-walter
I loved this book from cover to cover. It was exceptionally well-researched and well-written. The author did what few have managed: She got behind the scenes of self-righteous,... Read morePublished on September 26, 2008 by Orlando Reader